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Library Wine Department - Featuring Bordeaux - 12/21/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are collectibles from Bordeaux.. In this list you’ll find bottlings from: Angélus, Calon-Ségur, Margaux, Pavie, Pontet-Canet, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2009 "Y" (Ygrec) d'Yquem, Bordeaux Blanc 93 3 $199.99 View
1959 Angélus, St-Emilion (very high shoulder fills) 2 $999.99 View
2004 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien 91 1 $59.99 View
2006 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien 92 2 $59.99 View
2010 Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis 4 $29.99 View
1996 Brane Cantenac, Margaux 2 $99.99 View
2003 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe 95 6 $139.99 View
2005 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe 94 1 $129.99 View
2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 92 >48 $44.99 View
2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 94 >48 $49.99 View
2009 Cantenac Brown, Margaux 93 16 $69.99 View
2000 Cantenac Brown, Margaux 93 1 $94.99 View
2009 Charmes de Kirwan, Margaux 5 Price: Hidden View
2010 Charmes de Kirwan, Margaux 1 Price: Hidden View
2005 Chauvin, St-Emilion 92 2 $49.99 View
1998 Climens, Barsac 95 3 $69.99 View
2005 Climens, Barsac (Previously $125) 97 26 Price: Hidden View
2011 Climens, Barsac 97 2 $109.99 View
1995 Clinet, Pomerol 96 1 $174.99 View
2000 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion 96 4 $119.99 View
2005 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion 92 6 $69.99 View
2003 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion 11 $69.99 View
1990 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien 90 1 $99.99 View
2008 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion 93 9 $69.99 View
2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion 100 10 $289.99 View
2005 Clos Fourtet, St-Émilion (375ml) 2 Price: Hidden View
2003 Clos l'Eglise, Côtes de Castillon 7 $34.99 View
2005 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon 93 23 $49.99 View
1978 d'Angludet, Margaux (Very High Shoulders) 2 $69.99 View
2005 d'Issan, Margaux 96 4 $129.99 View
2009 d'Issan, Margaux 94 >36 $84.99 View
1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes 99 5 $499.99 View
2011 d'Yquem, Sauternes 99 10 $399.99 View
2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 100 17 $399.99 View
2003 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 98 35 $189.99 View
2005 de Candale, St-Emilion 93 1 $29.99 View
1994 de Fieuzal Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 4 $44.99 View
2005 de Fieuzal Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 4 $44.99 View
2003 de Malle , Sauternes (375 ml) 1 Price: Hidden View
2009 de Myrat, Sauternes 1 $44.99 View
2009 de Myrat, Sauternes (375ml) (Previously $40) 6 Price: Hidden View
2006 De Pez, St-Estèphe (375ml) 90 19 $19.99 View
2007 Doisy Daëne, Sauternes (Previously $55) 95 10 Price: Hidden View
2009 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes 95 34 Price: Hidden View
2009 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes (375ml) 94 8 $24.99 View
2014 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes (375ml) 97 1 $19.99 View
2005 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes 93 6 $39.99 View
2006 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes 93 6 $39.99 View
2001 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 92 1 $79.99 View
2006 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 94 16 $69.99 View
2000 Domaine Zédé, Margaux 1 Price: Hidden View
2004 du Tertre, Margaux 90 2 $49.99 View
2004 du Tertre, Margaux (1.5L) 90 1 $109.99 View
1976 Durfort Vivens, Margaux (high to mid shoulder fills, some corroded capsules) 12 $39.99 View
2005 Ferrière, Margaux 92 1 $59.99 View
1983 Filhot, Sauternes 1 $79.99 View
2006 Fonplegade, St-Emilion 3 $44.99 View
2000 Fontenil, Fronsac 91 1 $49.99 View
1989 Gilette "Crème de Tête" Sauternes (375ml) 3 $99.99 View
2003 Giscours, Margaux 93 4 $74.99 View
1990 Gloria, St-Julien 4 $74.99 View
2000 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion 93 6 $89.99 View
2004 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion 4 Price: Hidden View
1999 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien 90 3 $94.99 View
2003 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien 92 12 $74.99 View
2001 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 94 7 $94.99 View
2004 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 91 3 $79.99 View
2005 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 94 6 $99.99 View
2008 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 92 9 $69.99 View
2001 Guiraud, Sauternes 96 >36 $59.99 View
2001 Haut Condissas Prestige, Medoc 2 $39.99 View
2008 Haut Gravet St-Emilion 10 $29.99 View
2000 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac 92 1 $74.99 View
2005 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac 94 8 $74.99 View
2007 Haut-Bergeron, Sauternes 12 $34.99 View
2012 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 98 2 $419.99 View
2003 Hosanna, Pomerol 93 2 $109.99 View
2005 Jean Faure, St-Emilion 91 3 $39.99 View
2005 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon 91 21 Price: Hidden View
2003 Kirwan, Margaux 92 1 $99.99 View
2007 Kirwan, Margaux 91 13 $59.99 View
2008 l'Arrosée, St-Emilion 93 1 $49.99 View
2009 l'Église Clinet, Pomerol 100 2 $399.99 View
2000 La Clemence, Pomerol 91 1 $79.99 View
2010 La Confession, St-Emilion 93 8 $59.99 View
2005 La Conseillante, Pomerol 98 1 $269.99 View
2005 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 93 2 $49.99 View
2005 La Fleur Morange, St-Emilion 96 1 $99.99 View
2005 La Garde, Pessac-Léognan 92 5 $34.99 View
2005 La Gomerie, St-Emilion 95 4 $109.99 View
2001 La Gomerie, St-Emilion 92 11 $79.99 View
2005 La Gomerie, St-Emilion (soiled labels) 95 2 $89.99 View
2000 La Grave à Pomerol, Pomerol 92 1 $79.99 View
1990 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc 94 27 $199.99 View
2001 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc 3 $59.99 View
2006 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc 91 1 Price: Hidden View
1982 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc (very high soulder, soiled labels) 92 1 $129.99 View
2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 100 3 $649.99 View
2000 La Pointe, Pomerol 1 $59.99 View
2003 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (375ml) 97 1 $44.99 View
2000 La Tourette, Pauillac 92 4 $49.99 View
2001 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes 96 4 $79.99 View
1990 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml) 1 $39.99 View
1998 Lafon Rochet, St. Estephe 5 $59.99 View
1995 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe 1 $64.99 View
1996 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe 90 16 $64.99 View
1989 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe 90 1 $89.99 View
2005 Larcis Ducasse, St. Emilion (375ml) 98 5 $109.99 View
2009 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 93 >48 $39.99 View
2004 Lascombes, Margaux 93 7 $89.99 View
2005 Lascombes, Margaux 94 22 $119.99 View
2005 Lascombes, Margaux (375ml) 1 $59.99 View
2003 Lassegue, St. Emilion 9 $24.99 View
2005 Le Gay, Pomerol (bin soiled label) 95 1 $149.99 View
1976 Le Gay, Pomerol (high shoulder, soiled label) 1 $74.99 View
1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 94 12 $149.99 View
1983 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien 94 3 $239.99 View
1996 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (torn label) 98 1 $299.99 View
2004 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 95 8 $139.99 View
2010 Les Grandes Murailles, St. Emilion 4 $59.99 View
2012 Les Griffons de Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (3L) 92 1 $199.99 View
2010 Les Hauts Conseillants, Lalande de Pomerol 5 $19.99 View
2010 Louis, St-Emilion 2 Price: Hidden View
2004 Lynch Bages, Pauillac 94 7 $119.99 View
1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 92 9 $199.99 View
1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 96 4 $399.99 View
1988 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 95 2 $199.99 View
2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 97 12 $299.99 View
2001 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 92 6 $139.99 View
2008 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 94 1 $129.99 View
1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L) (soiled label) 92 1 Price: Hidden View
2006 Lynsolence, St-Emilion 2 $39.99 View
2010 Magrez Fombrauge, St-Émilion 1 $129.99 View
1966 Malartic-Lagravière, Graves (oxidized capsule,soiled label ,high mid shoulder fill) 1 $119.00 View
2003 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux 92 1 $89.99 View
2014 Margaux, Margaux 97 31 $499.99 View
2000 Margaux, Margaux (Lightly Scuffed Label) 2 $999.99 View
2005 Marojallia, Margaux 94 6 $99.99 View
2005 Marquis d'Alesme Becker, Margaux 91 5 $49.99 View
2005 Marquis de Calon, St-Estèphe 1 $29.99 View
2000 Martinens, Margaux 91 1 $64.99 View
2009 Melka "Metisse - Le Chatelet", St-Emilion 22 Price: Hidden View
1977 Meyney, St-Estephe (3cm fill, signs of past seepage, corroded capsule) 1 $39.99 View
2000 Monbousquet, St-Emilion 93 2 $99.99 View
2005 Nenin, Pomerol 96 2 $69.99 View
1989 Olivier Rouge, Pessac Leognan 19 $59.99 View
2009 Pape-Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (375ml) 100 20 Price: Hidden View
1999 Pavie Decesse, St-Emilion 93 12 Price: Hidden View
2005 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (375ml) 96 1 $89.99 View
2004 Pavie, St-Emilion 96 11 $299.99 View
2004 Pavie, St-Emilion (1.5L) 96 4 $399.99 View
2003 Pavie, St-Emilion (1.5L) 99 2 $599.99 View
2003 Peby Faugeres, St-Emilion 93 5 $64.99 View
2009 Péby Faugères, St-Emilion 1 $149.99 View
1994 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 18 $129.99 View
1999 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 91 3 $139.99 View
2004 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 94 13 $119.99 View
1982 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label, very high shoulder fill) 98 1 $599.99 View
1994 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label) 91 1 $129.99 View
1988 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (upper mid shoulder) 1 $139.99 View
2006 Picque Caillou Rouge, Pessac-Leognan 11 $24.99 View
2004 Pipeau, St-Emilion 91 6 $39.99 View
2002 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 92 1 $99.99 View
2004 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 93 19 $99.99 View
2009 Poujeaux, Moulis 93 24 $44.99 View
1995 Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux 6 $59.99 View
2006 Providence, Pomerol 93 5 $79.99 View
2000 Quinault L'Enclos, St-Emilion 92 5 $64.99 View
2005 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 97 2 $159.99 View
2003 Rauzan-Segla, Margaux (1.5L) 1 Price: Hidden View
1985 Rieussec, Sauternes 1 $69.99 View
2003 Rieussec, Sauternes 97 30 $79.99 View
2005 Rieussec, Sauternes 96 >36 Price: Hidden View
2006 Rieussec, Sauternes 95 2 $59.99 View
2007 Rieussec, Sauternes (Previously $90) 96 14 Price: Hidden View
2011 Rieussec, Sauternes 97 23 $49.99 View
2005 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml) 97 2 $44.99 View
2010 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml) 96 1 $39.99 View
2005 Rollan de By Médoc 7 $29.99 View
2005 Rolland-Maillet, St Emilion 3 Price: Hidden View
2008 Rouget, Pomerol 91 1 $39.99 View
2000 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 95 1 $169.99 View
2003 Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Médoc 92 14 $69.99 View
1989 Suduiraut Crème de Tête, Sauternes (375ml) 96 15 Price: Hidden View
1998 Suduiraut, Sauternes 1 $49.99 View
2005 Suduiraut, Sauternes 97 4 $74.99 View
2009 Suduiraut, Sauternes 98 12 $94.99 View
2010 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) 96 4 $59.99 View
1989 Talbot, St-Julien 31 $129.99 View
2010 Tour Haut-Caussan Medoc 18 $19.99 View
2000 Tour Léognan, Pessac-Léognan 1 $29.99 View


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2009 "Y" (Ygrec) d'Yquem, Bordeaux Blanc - 3 available ($199.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This is very pure, with lilting floral notes of honeysuckle and chamomile up front, followed by green fig, green almond, tangerine and Jonagold apple flavors that meld together seamlessly through the light toasty finish. There's lovely range and mouthfeel, with latent depth for cellaring. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made. (JM, Web-2012)"

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1959 Angélus, St-Emilion (very high shoulder fills) - 2 available ($999.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Angelus has always been a St. Emilion with great popular appeal. With a large production, much of it exported, a lovely label, and a charming, supple style of wine, Angelus has been able to build a strong following among enthusiast of the wine of St. Emilion."

K&L Notes: With an untraditional cépage, and a reputation that - in recent years - has placed it at a quality level above its already enviable Premier Grand Cru Classé status, L'Angelus is now on fire.

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2004 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien - 1 available ($59.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "New wood and high extraction are the dominant characteristics of this wine. That makes it in a modern, polished style, which will certainly evolve well, eventually arriving at something that is big and bold. Give it 45 years for that." (06/2007)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Possessing the finest aromatics of all the 2004 St.-Juliens, Branaire Ducru offers complex licorice, cranberry, boysenberry, and floral notes interwoven with notions of plums and figs. This dark ruby/purple-tinged, medium-bodied, elegant effort offers sweet fruit as well as ripe tannins. Give it 1-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 14-15. (RP)" (06/2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark red. Very expressive aromas of plum, coffee, smoked meat, tobacco and underbrush. Rich, ripe and pliant; very easy to taste after the young 2006. Berry flavors are complemented by chocolate and mint. Not at all overly sweet but offers lovely concentration and balance, and finishes supple and persistent. Lovely claret." (06/2007)

Wine Spectator: "Attractive blackberry and currant aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Refined and pretty...Best after 2008. 15,000 cases made." (03/2007)

K&L Notes: Cranberry and black cherry aromas. Sweet seductive aromas. Very sweet wine with long finish. Not big, but nice wine.

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2006 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien - 2 available ($59.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Taking advantage of the delicious fruit of 2006, this Branaire-Ducru shows a charming side. It brings out ripe, spicy black plums and black cherry spice to go with the lively, fresh tannins. Thats not to say that there isnt structure, but today it is the fruit that dominates. *Editors' Choice*" (03/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator: "There's lots of blackberry, licorice and tar on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and plenty of fruit. Not the most complex wine, but outstanding. Best after 2014." (03/2009)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2009

Black cherry aromas and red fruit flavors. Roundtannins; rich wine. Elegant, fine. Integrated tannins.

2010 Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis - 4 available ($29.99)

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1996 Brane Cantenac, Margaux - 2 available ($99.99)

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2003 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe - 6 available ($139.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Loads of crushed berries, with mineral, lightly toasted oak and licorice. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is the sleeper of the vintage. Best after 2010. (JS)" (03/2006)

94 points James Suckling: "This shows so wonderfully now with a dense palate yet a delicate chocolate, mineral and walnut skin. Full and velvety. Wonderful with juicy length and a long finish. Almost Burgundian in texture." (04/2013)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red color. Very fresh aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and dark chocolate; not at all surmuri Then ripe but aromatic and juicy in the mouth, with penetrating, rather powerful flavors of dark berries, minerals and dark chocolate. Conveys an impression of inner-mouth energy, one side-effect of which is that the wine's substantial density is partly hidden today. Finishes with very fine but firm tannins and superb persistence. This is absorbing its 50% new oak very well. (ST)" (06/2004)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerfully velvety wine, which still packs a walloping punch of Saint-Estèphe tannins. The fruit, under these tannins, is pure, ripe, black and generous. But there is the proper dryness that shows how the team at Calon-Sègur managed to tame some of the excesses of the 2003 vintage. This will develop, slowly, into a great wine. (RV)" (05/2006)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This beautiful 2003 exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, a vigorous youthfulness, and plenty of mulberry, black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with notions of cedarwood, baking spices and roasted herbs. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, fresh and precise, this wine is just hitting full maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years. (RP)" (08/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep garnet. Ripe dried-fruit notes but quite dry on the palate. Savoury, firm and just in balance. (JH) 16/20" (03/2013)

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2005 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe - 1 available ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted from an ex-château bottle at BI Wine & Spirits Calon-Segur dinner in London, the 2005 Calon Segur is on par with the wonderful 2000. The only real difference is that this needs more time in bottle. It has a captivating nose: blackberry and boysenberry fruit coming at you at full pelt; dried blood and bacon fat developing as secondary aromas just behind. There is fine delineation here - an underlying mineralité sure to surface with time. The palate is very intense and disarmingly youthful, almost ferrous on the entry with layers of ripe black fruit that segue into an earthy finish (with a curious light tang of Marmite on the aftertaste!). (NM)" (10/2016)

93 points James Suckling: "A dense, structured red with beautiful aromas of chocolate, hazelnut, dried spices and currants. Full body with superfine tannins and a tight finish. This is a wine that is just beginning to be drinkable but has a long, long life ahead of it. Taste now and dream of the future." (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Has a beautiful nose of crushed berry, spices and nutmeg, with a hint of coffee. Then turns to licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long finish of vanilla, berry and cinnamon. Beautifully crafted. (JS)" (03/2008)

92 points Vinous: "Deep, bright ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, leather, smoked meat, earth and menthol. Chewy, brooding and deep, with concentrated black cherry, menthol, mineral and leather flavors framed by a powerful spine of acids and tannins. Really saturates the palate on the tannic back end. I'd give this classic St. Estephe a decade of aging, at which time this wine may well merit an even higher score. (ST) 92+" (05/2008)

Decanter: "Opulent, well knit with fine fruit and spice notes. Luscious entry, ripe fruit notes, yet on a tight rein. Potent yet restrained, with silky tannins. 19.5/20 points"

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Sweet, well developed nose. Lots of fruit concentration in the middle. Pretty classy stuff. Lovely full ripe fruit fully covers the tannin. Just very slightly bitter on the end. (JR) 17.5/20 points" (02/2017)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 21, 2016

Beautiful wine with intense aromatics, color, depth and concentration. Dark berries, cassis, coffee, leather, smoked meat, along with exotic spices, and I could go onThis wine needs time and will last for a long time in the cellar.

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2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($44.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Cantemerle was the "surprise package" of the blind tasting at Farr Vintners' horizontal. It has a conservative nose with rosemary and undergrowth scents that open nicely in the glass, but retain a sense of classicism. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit, sage and white pepper, quite persistent on the finish, which feels very pure. What an outstanding 2006 Claret - a Cantemerle that punches well above its weight. Tasted April 2016. (NM)" (05/2016)

91 points James Suckling: "Very attractive with complex aromas and flavors of berry, mushroom and spice. Black truffle too. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Very fine." (11/2015)

K&L Notes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. At Joanne: Boysenberry nose with spice. Full bodied. Harmonious. Good sweet finish. Lovely wine; better than 2005. At UGC: Elegant style. Complete and round. At the property: Cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Very fine aromas that lead to the palate. Long and deep on palate. High acid, delicious. A sure "sleeper of the vintage" and much better than their 2005! *1/2 Alex Brisoux: Sweet, spicy red fruit, cocao/tobacco undertone, good structure, elegant long finish, the best young Cantemerle I've ever tasted. And on 01/23/09: As good as it gets for the price. Rich and full, lingering finish.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 13, 2012

This is a wonderful classic Medoc that is full bodied and complex, with nice earth and mineral flavors.The 2006 Cantemerle also has a certain elegance that makes this wine such an interesting and delicious wine.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2011

*1/2 Wow! Very special wine made here in 2006, surely the best in modern times. Spicy ripe fruit with fine middle richness, sweetness and mouthfeel. Alex Brisoux: Sweet, spicy red fruit, cocao/tobacco undertone, good structure, elegant long finish, the best young Cantemerle I've ever tasted. And on 01/23/09: As good as it gets for the price. Rich and full, lingering finish.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2011

This Bordeaux is by far one of the greatest values in the history of Bordeaux. A fabulous wine in all respects. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. At Joanne: Boysenberry nose with spice. Full bodied. Harmonious. Good sweet finish. Lovely wine; better than 2005. At UGC: Elegant style. Complete and round. At the property: Cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Very fine aromas that lead to the palate. Long and deep on palate. High acid, delicious. A sure "sleeper of the vintage" and much better than their 2005!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 09, 2009

This is a tremendous effort from this Chateau. Lovely coffee and caramel aromas are surrounded by flavors of cassis and black cherries. Great balance of acidity and refined tannins, this will make a good candidate for a few years of bottle age but there is something extremely appealing about this wine right now.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2009

I have written a lot in these staff reviews about the virtues of wel-balanced claret, and if you have patience to wait 6 or 7 years, I believe this wine will come to epitomize that virtue. Anyone with a cellar and a love for Cabernet-based wines should strongly consider this wine for a case purchase. Clyde, Alex B, Alex P, Ralph, Joe Z, Steve and I tasted through an entire ballroom of 2006 Bordeaux at the UGC tasting this January and all of us agreed that the Cantemerle was one of the stars. I thought it was THE star, since the other wines in its class were all more than twice its price, and many wines three times its price could not even touch it! It is perfumed, layered, cassis-driven and framed (but in no way dominated) by oak on the nose and follows through with richness that is not at all overweight on the palate. It is great Bordeaux for a small price; all you have to do is cellar it!!

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2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($49.99)

94 points James Suckling: "A wine with blueberry and mineral aromas follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Best for years from here. Needs at least three years of bottle age to soften. Could be better than 2009 in the long run." (02/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. With its 2010, this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949. 94+ (RP)" (02/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A great success for this southern Médoc chateau, this is fine, elegant and perfumed. It bursts with a black fruit flavor, balanced by smooth tannins and acidity. It's a wine for medium-term aging over the next six years. *Best Buy* (RV)" (02/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a sappy feel, with deliciously pure notes of kirsch and blackberry preserves. Lightly toasted spice and singed anise accents lead to the long, graphite-fueled finish. Should age gracefully. (JM)" (03/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, blueberry, espresso, menthol and licorice, lifted by a cool floral element. Densely packed and savory, displaying sappy energy to its intense dark berry flavors. With a serious structure and no easy sweetness today, this vibrant wine will need a good five to seven years in the cellar and should last well. This may eventually merit an even higher score. 90+ (ST)" (08/2013)

K&L Notes: The 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is situated on deep gravel deposits in the Macau and Ludon villages of the appellation and has 9600 vines per hectare. A dense and rich yet elegant Cantemerle from a great vintage.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2017

The very first wine I bought for my cellar from this historic 2010 vintage. The 2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc embodies everything that is great about the vintage - astonishing depth of color and flavor, big fruit, profound structure. One of the rare Haut-Medoc chateaus to be included in the classification of 1855 this cinquieme cru is one of Bordeaux's great values. Don't miss a chance to add some to your cellar.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 30, 2016

Without a doubt the best Cantemerle since the legendary 1949. Packed with cassis fruit with perfect acid balance and plenty of latent tannin to insure twenty more years cellaring. But you can drink it now with 2 hours decanting. More approachable than most 2010 Bordeaux. I love it.PS-please also look at the 2015 that is selling on futures-right up there with the 2010.

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2009 Cantenac Brown, Margaux ($69.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of crushed raspberries, flowers, and hints of vanilla bean. Full body, with silky tannins and a juicy finish. Fresh and minerally. Best in 2018." (03/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. One of the standout and perhaps most surprising showings was the performance of Cantenac-Brown '09. It has a more lifted, oaky bouquet with dark cherries, cassis and violets. It displays good precision with admirable purity. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet sappy entry. It is very primal compared to its peers, but it shows very good balance, whilst the finish is precise and silky smooth. This has more to give and so patience is required. Tasted January 2013. (NM)" (07/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firmly structured, dark-fruited wine, very solid and dense. It has weight along with black currant fruits and acidity. Its a wine that is rich but seriously structured for aging. (RV)" (02/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is perfumy and very pure, with lovely lilac and blackberry aromas followed by plum, cassis and black cherry fruit. The supple finish is caressed with toast that leaves a lingering, perfumy feel. Best from 2013 through 2023. (JM)" (03/2012)

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2000 Cantenac Brown, Margaux - 1 available ($94.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Still youthful and beautifully lush, with dark, velvety tannins that flow underneath, allowing the gorgeous plum sauce, blackberry reduction and anise notes to drape wonderfully before slowly giving way to a cast ironedged finish.--Blind 2000 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2023. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A hugely concentrated wine showing chewy, but ripe tannins. Smooth, polished fruit combines with well-balanced wood and suppressed power. This is certainly a wine that will develop well, making it drinkable in five years and mature in 10-15 years. (RV)" (06/2003)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Among the finest Cantenac-Browns of the last three decades, the saturated purple-colored 2000 is a sleeper of the vintage. Loaded with chocolatey black currants intermixed with sweet earth, cedar, and spice box, it exhibits medium to full body, surprisingly ripe tannin for a wine from this estate, a multi-layered texture as well as mid-palate, and a finish that lasts 25-30 seconds. (RP)" (04/2003)

Vinous: "Good full ruby-red. Ripe, extroverted nose combines roasted plum, boysenberry, mocha, game, smoke and truffle. Sweet, supple and consistent, with plum and currant flavors nicely shaped by juicy, harmonious acidity. Finishes with big, dusty tannins and moderate length. (ST)" (05/2003)

K&L Notes: 92 Points, James Suckling in Wine Spectator: "Fascinating aromas of chocolate, meat and ripe berry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long, delicious finish. A beauty here. Best wine ever from this property. Best after 2010." (02/2003)

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2009 Charmes de Kirwan, Margaux - 5 available Price: Hidden

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2005 Chauvin, St-Emilion - 2 available ($49.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Chauvins successful 2005 ranks alongside their 2000 and 1998. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by lovely aromas of black currants, cherries, smoke, meats, and minerals. Superb purity, full body, good acidity, and moderate tannin suggest this fleshy, substantial St.-Emilion will be drinkable in 3-4 years, and last for 15 or more." (04/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby. Blueberry and minerals on the nose. Sweet and rich, with slightly inky black fruit flavors and drying tannins suggesting rather energetic extraction. But, like so many 2005s from St. Emilion, this shows more depth of flavor than recent vintages, and good inner-palate energy." (06/2006)

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1998 Climens, Barsac ($69.99)

91-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No tasting note given. (RP)" (04/2000)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Plenty of dried apricots, with cream and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a tart tartine and vanilla cream aftertaste, with hints of tea. (Web Only2008)"

Jancis Robinson: "Mid gold. Spicy linseed nose but also pure and peachy orange fruit. Delicate and much lighter in texture in the mouth and less intoxicating. Finesse, purity and delicacy on the finish and a bitter orange aftertaste to enhance the freshness, even though the acidity is (analytically) quite moderate." (05/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright green-tinged yellow. Fine, highly nuanced nose combines yellow plum, peach, grapefruit, vanilla and toast, along with cooler menthol and mineral notes. Very bright and very young; not yet showing its flesh. Not especially sweet, even for Barsac, with a reported 49 g/l r.s. Currently the flavors are dominated by new oak scents of toffee and vanilla (the wine was aged in 50% new barrels, compared to a typical 33%). (ST)" (07/2001)

K&L Notes: We tasted seven different vats of unblended barrel samples and they went from a lemony, elegant Sauvignon Blanc barrel to a honeyed, thick, rich Semillon barrel. The end product has the best qualities of each, merged seamlessly.

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2005 Climens, Barsac (Previously $125) Price: Hidden

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Climens just soars from the glass with layers of clear honey, marmalade, nectarine and minerals all beautifully carved. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh, vibrant honeyed fruit that builds and builds in the mouth in tandem with a killer line of acidity. Even though it is a convincing, great Climens, you also have the impression that it is only just beginning to show what it is capable of. Bérénice Lurton and her team excelled in this vintage and it comes strongly recommended. (NM)" (06/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Toffee, dried lemon rind and tropical fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a dense palate of candied fruit and a long, sweet finish. Very concentrated. The botrytis spice creeps up on the finish. (JS)" (03/2008)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "There was a time when the best of Barsac would not achieve the heavily concentrated character found in wines from the heart of Sauternes, but, as this wine so handsomely shows, such is no longer the case. Its intensely honeyed, golden apple and ripe peach aromas are nicely complemented by nutty notes of botrytis, and the wine's thick, rich flavors follow perfectly in suit. Still, this wine is too young and direct to be more than a sugary cameo of what it will become over time, and we very much urge you to let it age into the layered perfection that surely lies ahead. *Two Stars*" (05/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full golden-yellow. Musky, very fresh aromas of crystallized citrus peel, minerals and toasted bread. The palate offers incredible sappy concentration and a saline aspect, not to mention a penetrating quality rare for this fruit-driven year. In fact, this begins almost light, then builds inexorably toward the back, finishing with a tactile impression of extract and an extraordinary sweetness that almost reminded me of the Suduiraut that I tasted just before it. Should go on for decades. (ST) 94+" (08/2008)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "The deep color implies how richly draped this wine is in botrytis; its exotic scents and complex flavors bear the stamp as well. Honey, more honey and a little hazelnut in the end. Voluptuous now, this wine's complexity will gain prominence with age." (10/2008)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intensely rich, very perfumed wine, full of apples and honey flavors. There is also fresh fruit, but the richness dominates, showing some dry botrytis flavors to finish. (RV)" (06/2008)

Decanter: "Opulent apricot nose. Plump and robust, with rich mandarin fruit. A long, spicy finish. 19/20 points." (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Deep orangey gold. Smells of crème pâtissière. So rich! Lots of excitement and sheer weight and volume. Good energy on the finish. Marzipan notes. Unctuous. 17.5/20 points." (02/2017)

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2011 Climens, Barsac - 2 available ($109.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasting through individual lots, I was struck by their purity and tautness, developing engaging floral aromas with aeration, with occasional notes of yellow plum and ginger. On the palate, once again there is a common theme of purity and crisp acidity, although they alternated between a lighter and a more mellifluous style. One or two significant lots demonstrated enticing spicy notes that define great Climens. There is certainly enormous potential here, one that beckons an intense, vivacious Barsac underpinned by freshness and focus.The 2011 was picked over five tries in two phases, the first from September 8 to the 21st representing a whopping 82% of the harvest over two tries; the second from September 26 until the 28th comprising over three smaller tries. Although the weather played a critical factor, Berenice Lurton attributed the success of her wine to her limestone soils. (NM)" (04/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Still tight, with an energetic core of white peach, creamed pineapple, persimmon and white ginger flavors. The backdrop of orange blossom and singed almond notes adds extra dimension on the finish. This will go a long way in the cellar. best from 2016 through 2035." (03/2014)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright gold-tinged yellow. Knockout nose combines lime, pineapple, honeyed peach and cinnamon, complicated by very pure floral botrytis. Dense and ripe but vibrant too, with strong spice character and harmonious acidity enlivening the wine's highly expressive lemon and tropical fruit flavors. Finishes broad, tactile and very complex, with terrific length and a lingering spicy nuance. A star of the vintage." (08/2014)

96 points James Suckling: "A dense, racy, sweet white with dried-apple, apricot and honey character. Full, very sweet and fresh. Tangy, spicy aftertaste. Shows lots of subtle, intense botrytis-spice character on the finish. Better in 2016." (01/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Wonderful--complex, rich, compelling. So many flavours - vanilla, buttered popcorn and loads of tropical fruit. Gorgeous balance. A stunner! (18+/20 points)" (10/2013)

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1995 Clinet, Pomerol - 1 available ($174.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another extraordinary wine made in a backward vin de garde style, the 1995 Clinet represents the essence of Pomerol. The blackberry, cassis liqueur-like fruit of this wine is awesome. The color is saturated black/purple, and the wine extremely full-bodied and powerful with layers of glycerin-imbued fruit, massive richness, plenty of licorice, blackberry, and cassis flavors, full body, and a thick, unctuous texture. This is a dense, impressive offering from administrator Jean-Michel Arcaute. (RP)" (02/1998)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Wild aromas of forest fruits, coffee and toasted oak follow through to a rich and decadent palate with full body and a long chewy finish. This still needs time. (JS, Web-2007)"

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2000 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion - 4 available ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...One of the most concentrated behemoths and tannic blockbusters of the vintage. This is very much in keeping with the proprietors intention to make wines such as they made in the 19th century, and ones that can last 50+ years. Still young, with plenty of noticeable new oak, this 2000 tastes like a 3 to 4-year old St.-Emilion. Plenty of barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberry, and plum characteristics are present in both the aromatics and flavors of this broodingly backward, massive monster. While fascinating, it is not for everybody. I originally gauged its maturity to be around 2010, but I would push that back to 2015-2040+. (RP)" (06/2010)

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2005 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion - 6 available ($69.99)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full, bright ruby. Brooding aromas of kirsch, black licorice and minerals. Sharply delineated and very tightly wound, but with superb intensity of black fruit, chocolate, earth and mineral flavors and excellent inner-palate energy. This mounts very slowly on the back, finishing with a youthfully sappy quality, firm tannins and impressive length. This wine from a chalky hillside on the Cotes east of the town of St. Emilion is typically high in acidity (the pH of the 2005 is 3.55), austere and downright unsexy in its youth, but this especially juicy 2005 boasts richer fruit than any recent vintage. Still, it will require at least 10 to 15 years of bottle aging. (ST)" (06/2006)

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2003 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion - 11 available ($69.99)

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1990 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien - 1 available ($99.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Delicious well-balanced red. Dark ruby color. Wonderful aromas of ripe berry, black licorice and cherries. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish." (08/1990)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 is equal to the 1989. The saturated color, intense black-cherry, oaky nose, and dense, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors reveal fine concentration and balance." (02/1993)

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2008 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion - 9 available ($69.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2008 Clos Fourtet has a tightly wound bouquet with raspberry, cranberry and light tertiary aromas, a touch of bell pepper in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin. This Clos Fourtet boasts impressive body, almost sinewy in style, a backward 2008 Saint Émilion from Mathieu Cuvelier although I was smitten by its persistent spicy aftertaste. It clearly deserves a couple more years in bottle. One to watch carefully. (NM)" (02/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big, ripe and rich, with smoky bacon flavors as well as sweet tannins. The wine feels generous, the tannins cushioned." (04/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A strong effort, the 2008 was made from tiny yields of 28.5 hectoliters per hectare, and attained 14% natural alcohol. It reveals sweet licorice, black currant and blackberry fruit notes intermixed with truffle and asphalt characteristics in its pure, rich, opulent, full-bodied personality. One of the finest St.-Emilions of the vintage, it is far more accessible than the 2010 and should continue to drink well for 15-20 years." (05/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Crushed blueberry, violet and licorice on the perfumed nose. Pliant, supple and sweet, with a very smooth texture if not exceptional complexity to the flavors of black fruits and chocolate. No rough edges here. Finishes with lush, chocolatey tannins and lingering aromatic perfume" (07/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy, with a tasty mix of dark plum, crushed fig and blackberry fruit, followed by licorice, black tea and maduro tobacco. The long finish lets it all hang together nicely. Drink now through 2015." (04/2011)

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2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion - 10 available ($289.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, forest floor, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, the wine has stunning aromatics, unctuous texture and an almost inky concentration, but without any hard edges. With considerable tannin and just enough acidity to provide definition, this wine transcends even its premier grand cru classe terroir. It is certainly the finest Clos Fourtet ever produced. Give it 5-7 years of cellaring to allow some of its baby fat to fall away. There is certainly enough structure underneath to keep for 30-50 years. Bravo! (RP)" (02/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Elegant as well as rich, this is a beautiful wine. It has great depth of flavor, the sweetest fruit, deliciously ripe. At the same time, the tannins are an underlying sustenance to the impressive ageworthiness. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby. Slightly porty yet fresh on the hugely ripe nose, offering scents of medicinal cherry, minerals, licorice and roasted meat. Plush, seamless and wonderfully deep, with sexy sweetness leavening by strong minerality. One of the fullest and most mouthfilling wines of this fleshy vintage. Not hugely complex--in fact a bit youthfully monolithic today--but wonderfully dense wine with fully ripe, sweet tannins and superb persistence. (ST)" (07/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of wet earth and minerals on the nose with hints of sliced meat. Dark fruits galore. Full bodied, with a beautiful velvety texture and a juicy and delicious finish. Try after 2017. 94+" (11/2011)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

** Super-balanced wine. Wonderful! At UGC: Fine rich texture, silky, with layers of fruit. Elegant!

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

Loved it every time we tasted it. Sweet, silky dark purple fruit.

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2005 Clos Fourtet, St-Émilion (375ml) - 2 available Price: Hidden

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2003 Clos l'Eglise, Côtes de Castillon - 7 available ($34.99)

Wine Spectator: "Fresh and fruity with lovely berry, grapes and flowers. Full-bodied, round and delicious. Long. Best after 2006. 3,500 cases made. JS" (03/2006)

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2005 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon ($49.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the famous family of Comte de Neipperg, the 2005 DAiguilhe is sensational and may be one of the best cuvées I have ever tasted from Neipperg and his Côtes de Castillon estate. This wine has an opaque purple color and loads of Christmas fruitcake, licorice and crushed chalk along with plenty of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied, rich, still structured and tannic, but super-concentrated, this is an amazing effort in 2005. Give it another several years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20 years. (RP)" (06/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays gorgeous aromas of vanilla bean, mineral, raspberry and blackberry. Full-bodied, with very round, soft tannins and a long, rich, fruity finish. Beautiful. Best after 2016. (JS)" (03/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Almost candied sweetness to the aromas and flavors of pungent black fruits and minerals. Then wonderfully ripe, full and sweet in the mouth, with captivating freshness. The tannins arrive very late, allowing the fruit to expand and linger. "We need great ripeness on this chalky site or else we get bad tannins," noted von Neipperg. One of the great values of the vintage: this opened at 13 euros. (ST)" (06/2008)

K&L Notes: 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Bright and effusive wine with a lovely palate entry. Blackberry juice flavors. Plenty of structure. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

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1978 d'Angludet, Margaux (Very High Shoulders) - 2 available ($69.99)

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2005 d'Issan, Margaux - 4 available ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The more serious grand vin twin, the 2005 dIssan, has a stunning nose of spring flowers, blackcurrant and blue/black fruits galore, and an impressively opaque dark plum/purple color. With a rich, concentrated and pure mouthfeel, wonderfully sweet tannin, full-bodied density and richness, but elegance in abundance, this is a stunner, and one of the great Margaux of the vintage. Drink it now and over the next 20 years. (RP)" (06/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "Lots of sweet tea leaf with mineral and currant character. Stone undertones, too. Full body, firm tannins and a tight finish. One of the best ever from here with beautifully polished tannins. This needs at least three hours of decanting now. A wine for the future. Better in 2019." (03/2015)

93 points John Gilman: "The 2005 vintage at dIssan is very strong indeed and this is likely to be viewed as one of the classic, great years at this property in the decades to come. Like the 2009 vintage, the blend here in 05 was sixty percent cabernet sauvignon and forty percent merlot, and the wine offers up a deep and very promising bouquet of cassis, dark berries, espresso, cigar smoke, tobacco leaf, a vibrant base of gravelly, dark soil tones and a bit of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and also quite reserved at the present time, with a rock solid core, ripe tannins, outstanding, tangy acids and great focus and grip on the very long, youthful and outstanding finish. Because of the higher acidity of the 2005 vintage, this will need a bit longer in the cellar to blossom that vintages like 2006, 2008 and 2009, but it will also be longer-lived and truly exceptional at its apogee. Fine juice. (Drink between 2025-2075) 93+" (03/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays blackberry and black licorice aromas, with some tar. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Tight and structured. Needs time. Best after 2013. (JS)" (03/2008)

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2009 d'Issan, Margaux ($84.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Wonderfully perfumed with dark berry, mineral and chocolate character. Full body, great tannins and a long and racy finish. Very refined. Tight and racy." (03/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A strong effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse, dIssans 2009 was fashioned from minuscule yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, and its 13.7% natural alcohol set a record at this estate. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, it exhibits a classic Margaux fragrance of acacia flowers/violets, blueberries, cassis, licorice and camphor. Opulent and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a rich, dense style, it will be interesting to compare the 2009 with the brilliant 2000 and 2005 over the next two to three decades. (RP)" (02/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby-red. Wild aromas of redcurrant, blueberry, mocha, smoke and game. Very rich and full for Margaux if a bit youthfully monolithic today following its silky entry, with black fruit flavors accompanied by medicinal chocolate and menthol elements. Has the stuffing and length to support its big, mouthdusting tannins. Offers impressive potential. (ST)" (07/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A taut but fresh style, with plum skin, mesquite and mineral notes running along. There's a solid core of steeped blackberry fruit in reserve, and the perfumy finish has latent grip. (JM)" (03/2012)

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I confess, d'Issan is my favorite Margaux, and for many reasons. The style is absolutely seductively classic Margaux. Violets, acacia, coffee, mocha. Never heavy, and perfect with dinner! Indeed beautiful.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 05, 2017

What do you say about an historic Bordeaux chateau that has an actual moat? I dont know if it improves the quality of the wine but with enotourisme on the rise, it seems a sensible precaution. The property has been owned by the Cruse family since 1945, and run by Emmanuel Cruse for the past twenty years. Classified as a Third Growth in 1855, the estate currently has 44 hectares of vineyards designated as AOC Margaux. These are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (62%) and Merlot (38%) and lie just to the north of the village of Cantenac on the banks of the Gironde River. I ranked the 2009 dIssan among my top wines of the vintage, and it was one of only two wines from Margaux that I bought for my own cellar. In spite of the ripeness of the vintage, it is nevertheless a very balanced effort with moderate alcohol, superfine tannins, and a lively acidity that lends the wine freshness. It is a wine with a great sense of place, a classic Margaux with telltale violets on the nose and remarkable elegance and grace. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. 50% new oak.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

* A very elegant wine, with forward fruit flavors. Well made.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

Soft, elegant, easy-drinking wine.

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1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes - 5 available ($499.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. Certainly it is one of the richest Yquems I have ever tasted, with 50-100 years of potential longevity. An awesome Yquem! Anticipated maturity: 2003-2050+. (RP)" (04/1999)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Truly superb. Yellow with a gold hue. Intense spice, honey and dried orange peel aromas.Full-bodied, very sweet and very alive. Vibrant Sauternes that goes on and on on the palate. Doesn't get much better than this. Beautiful now,but wait.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. (JS)" (08/2000)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full-blown aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, white chocolate and damp earth; slightly Tokaj-like. Hugely concentrated and layered in the mouth; extraordinary sweetness cut by harmonious acidity. As with the best vintages of Yquem, the finish goes on for a minute or more. Stains, and stuns, the palate. 94+ points. (ST)" (07/1998)

K&L Notes: Most recently, 96 points, Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "Tasted at the Grand Cru Classe opening dinner at Haut-Brion. Still a glorious Yquem when you can find a good bottle, this one has a stunning bouquet with honey, candied orange peel and white flowers, extravagant and showy. The palate is viscous on the entry, very complex with that acidity perfectly in tandem with the mellifluous, pure, honeyed fruit. It just seems to expand in the mouth. Superb. Decadent. Tasted June 2011." (Wine Journal, 3/2012)

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2011 d'Yquem, Sauternes - 10 available ($399.99)

99 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely, creamy, tropical style, with mango, papaya and guava notes lending a caressing feel, while singed almond and warm piecrust accents blossom through the lush finish. Just when you think that's all there is, toasted coconut, fig, orange blossom and persimmon details kick in, lending length and dimension. The finish is ridiculously long. Best from 2020 through 2060. (JM)" (03/2014)

98 points James Suckling: "Crazy minerality to this, with lots of dried mango, pineapple and papaya on the nose. Botrytis-spice and nutmeg undertones. Full body, very sweet, with superb depth of fruit and richness. It goes on for minutes. Turns dense and concentrated on the palate. Speechless. Better in 2019." (01/2014)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Luminous golden yellow. Cool, pure aromas of white peach, honeyed mango, guava nectar, white flowers and saffron are complicated by elements of crushed stone and spicy lemony botrytis. Suave and intensely flavored, with mineral-spiced apple, mango, passion fruit and grapefruit flavors offering outstanding purity, precision, and depth. The brisk but harmonious acidity gives this great Sauternes a penetrating quality and provides a powerful spine to the very deep flavors, making it seem less opulent than it really is. This Yquem has the depth of the 2007 but boasts even greater purity and focus. Finishes bright and extremely long, with repeating suggestions of white flowers and lemony botrytis. Though it lacks the depth of the 2001 or the opulence of the 2009 at a similar stage of development, this is one of my favorite young Yquems ever: it will age spectacularly well. (ID)" (08/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Yquem 2011 has a complex bouquet, one that is very well defined with hints of petrol infusing the rich honeyed fruit, later melted wax and fresh peach coming through. The palate is well balanced with a strong viscous entry. There is plenty of residual sugar here and I would have preferred a little more acidic bite to offset that rich, decadent finish (this is despite their correct policy of blending non-botrytized berries in order to increase acidity.) Powerful, burly even, I would give this several years in the cellar to allow this Yquem to mellow and enter its stride. (NM)" (02/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Very tangy aroma: almond, spiced apricot, really zesty on the nose. The palate too has depth and spice and plenty of botrytis character. Rich but fresh. Great length. Power packed and so rich. 18/20 points. (JH)" (02/2015)

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It is very hard for any wine as venerated as Chateau d'Yquem to live up to the expectations that its fame creates. This 2011 delivers on all promises- it is great wine. While it is only a light straw color now, it has authoritative viscosity, full, clean botrytis sweetness and a kaleidoscope of complexity that is impossible to duplicate. Put this in your cellar and forget it for many years and it will be even better than it is now. Wow!

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2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) ($399.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is so layered and intense on the palate with lemons and dried pineapple, mango and honey. Full body, very sweet, but it remains tangy and vibrant. Shows such amazing balance and intensity. Crazy finish. Hints of vanilla and apple purée. One of the greatest Yquems ever. All about purity here." (09/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "You may ask: what is the point? Another perfect score for the 2001 d'Yquem. Oh well, why not? This bottle, served blind, reinforced the sheer unadulterated brilliance of this legendary Sauternes now at 15 years old. Doesn't time fly. It seems to be aging at a glacial pace, hardly changed since I last tasted it. The nose is like the throbbing engine of an Aston Martin Vantage, ready to go. It is so packed with intensity, perhaps a little more resinous than I recall, but with almost crystalline delineation. The palate is perfectly balanced and laden with botrytis, not as unctuous or as rich as say, the 2009 d'Yquem, yet with heavenly focus and a crescendo of flavors that take your breath away: acacia honey, yellow plum, white peach and orange sorbet. The startling things is ... this is just the opening act. Tasted September 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

100 points Wine Spectator: "The greatest young Yquem I have ever tasted from bottle. Yellow, with a golden hue and an almost green tint. Intense aromas of botrytis, spices and blanched almonds follow through to honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and pineapple. Full-bodied, sweet, thick and powerful, with layers of fruit and a bright, lively finish. Coats the palate yet remains exciting. So balanced and refined, showing the pedigree that only this Sauternes estate can deliver. *Ranked #10 on Top 100 of 2005, Collectibles* (JS)" (11/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Magnum. A marvellous wine with a fabulous future but already redolent of crème brulée and marzipan. Great intensity, balance and lift. Fresh, medium sweetness (which looks an awfully prosaic description of this miracle of botrytis) and fresh and crisp on the finish. 19.5/20 points. Drink to 2050 (JR)" (02/2014)

K&L Notes: 100 points Robert Parker: "There are 10,000 cases of this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. The 2001 Yquem reveals a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2100+." (04/2005)

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2003 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) ($189.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A massive Yquem, this has a dense palate that is almost chewy like a red. Full and very sweet, with notes of dried apricot, pineapple, and papaya on the palate. Long, with a vanilla-coconut tart finish. What a wine, voluptuous, sexy, and luscious. 147 grams of RS." (04/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Squarely on the tropical side of the spectrum, with mango, papaya and pineapple fruit laced with a marmalade note. Long and very caressing through the finish, but never heady or overpowering, as orange pâte de fruit, ginger and singed almond accents lend cut and precision. Shows the heat of the vintage while retaining energy and drive. Impressive. Drink now through 2040. (JM, Web-2014)"

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Served from an ex-chateau bottle. Picked in one trie, the 2003 Chateau dYquem is slightly deeper in color compared to the 2004. It is attired with an intriguing bouquet with Manuka honey, quince, honeycomb and a touch of nougat, though it does not have the pixilation of a top vintage. The palate is unctuous right from the start: gloopy in texture with hedonistic ripe honeyed fruit laced with orange zest and a strong spicy note on the finish. It has moderate length, but finishes with plenty of glycerine in the mouth. This is certainly the finest 2003 Sauternes. (NM)" (06/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "More complexity on the nose than the Rieussec. Marzipan. Richness. Citrus. Nerve. Really deep flavours with good acidity. Tense. Yes! 19/20 Points (JR)" (03/2008)

2005 de Candale, St-Emilion - 1 available ($29.99)

93 points James Suckling: "An attractive array of savory, earthy and stony elements with dark spices, blackberries and dark plums. The palate has an impressive wrap of sheet-like polished tannin that carries dark-plum and blackberry flavors in a fresh, vibrant mode. Try from 2021." (02/2018)

1994 de Fieuzal Blanc, Pessac-Léognan - 4 available ($44.99)

2005 de Fieuzal Blanc, Pessac-Léognan - 4 available ($44.99)

2003 de Malle , Sauternes (375 ml) - 1 available Price: Hidden

2009 de Myrat, Sauternes - 1 available ($44.99)

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2009 de Myrat, Sauternes (375ml) (Previously $40) - 6 available Price: Hidden

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2006 De Pez, St-Estèphe (375ml) ($19.99)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "Tightly held by its oak, this lean black wine takes hours of aeration before it reveals scents of Asian spice and violets. The fruit transitions from tart to fresh while the tannic blackness begins to hint at strawberries and minerals. It's light, velvety and long. Open it eight to ten years from the vintage." (12/2009)

Wine Spectator: "Shows bright, ripe fruit on the nose, with raspberry, cherry and light vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins that have a slightly metallic edge and a slightly steely undertone. But this is fresh and clean. Needs time to mellow. Best after 2012." (03/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A fine effort from this well-known St.-Estephe estate, this dark ruby/purple-tinged 2006 possesses earthy, herbal undertones intermixed with sweet black currant and cherry fruit. The projected aromatics are followed by a pure, medium-bodied, stylish wine (a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc) that should be drunk over the next 10 years." (02/2009)

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2007 Doisy Daëne, Sauternes (Previously $55) - 10 available Price: Hidden

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Denis Dubourdieu conjured a wonderful Barsac in 2007. Here there is an initial lightness on the nose that builds with each swirl of the glass. It exhibits fine minerality with apple, dried honey and a touch of wet stone. The palate is very harmonious with good acidity, very focused and succinct with great precision towards the poised finish. This has barely starting motoring, but it possesses an unbridled sense of nonchalance." (02/12) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Very fruity, showing tropical fruit such as mango on the nose, with lots of spice. Full-bodied and really sweet, with a honeylike, almost syrupy density. Spicy and intense on the finish." (03/10) 92 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright medium gold. Knockout nose melds apricot, pineapple, curry powder and exotic smoky oak. Very dense and thick, with a honeyed sweetness, but kept in check today by strong acidity. This very powerful wine is youthfully imploded at present, even a bit aggressive, and will need several years to express itself. Late finishing notes of flowers and minerals contribute to the wine's vibrant character." (Aug 10) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The color is light on this wine, which is really only just beginning to show richness. The botrytis dominates, with a fat, oily texture needing many years of aging. There is a lovely ripe orange marmalade flavor on the finish." (06/10)

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2009 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes Price: Hidden

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Honeyed and spice, with lots of nutmeg, a wine that is packed with flavors, lychee in character, defiantly rich and spicy." (04/2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Doisy-Daene was spectacular out of barrel, however it has never quite reached those ethereal heights in bottle. Perhaps this rich, generous vintage did not quite suit the crisp, tense style of Denis Dubourdieus Barsac? Compared to others in this blind tasting, it comes across as more muted on the nose with scents of beeswax, marmalade and lanolin, though the Sauvignon Blanc is very expressive. The palate is very well-balanced on the entry with crisp acidity cutting through the viscous texture. The finish is rounded in the mouth, offering attractive notes of lemon sherbet and orange essence. Everything is very 'contained' at the moment, although the tension suggests that it should age well. I suspect this will need a decade before it really blossoms. Drink 2020-2040. (NM)" (02/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Quite high-pitched now, with lots of green plum and green almond notes laced with bright honeysuckle and heather. The background shows more lemon shortbread, grapefruit pâte de fruit and persimmon, while the finish offsets the sweetness with a lively quinine note. Distinctive, but will need time to come together. Best from 2015 through 2030." (03/2012)

Decanter: "Refined complex aromas, very deft (as usual) rendering of the aromatic complexity of the berries, long, intense, pure, wonderful balance between richness and elegance." (04/2010)

K&L Notes: ** Very polished. Excellent balance. Some coconut and pineapple aromas and flavors. Superb texture and mouthfeel. Ralph: Also elegant and spicy.

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2009 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes (375ml) - 8 available ($24.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Doisy-Daene was spectacular out of barrel, however it has never quite reached those ethereal heights in bottle. Perhaps this rich, generous vintage did not quite suit the crisp, tense style of Denis Dubourdieus Barsac? Compared to others in this blind tasting, it comes across as more muted on the nose with scents of beeswax, marmalade and lanolin, though the Sauvignon Blanc is very expressive. The palate is very well-balanced on the entry with crisp acidity cutting through the viscous texture. The finish is rounded in the mouth, offering attractive notes of lemon sherbet and orange essence. Everything is very "contained" at the moment, although the tension suggests that it should age well. I suspect this will need a decade before it really blossoms. Drink 2020-2040. 94+ (NM)" (02/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Quite high-pitched now, with lots of green plum and green almond notes laced with bright honeysuckle and heather. The background shows more lemon shortbread, grapefruit pâte de fruit and persimmon, while the finish offsets the sweetness with a lively quinine note. Distinctive, but will need time to come together. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Best from 2015 through 2030. (JM)" (03/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A fresh and aromatic bouquet sets off this light, dancing style of wine. It has acidity and a lemon curd flavor, proving to be sweet and citrusy at the same time. It's developing well. (RV)" (02/2013)

K&L Notes: ** Very polished. Excellent balance. Some coconut and pineapple aromas and flavors. Superb texture and mouthfeel. Ralph: Also elegant and spicy.

2014 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes (375ml) - 1 available ($19.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Doisy-Daëne 2014 is bestowed with 144 grams per liter residual sugar and a pH of 3.7. It is much more introspective compared to the Coutet at the moment, perhaps because of less residual, but it is fragrant and ethereal with wild honey, yellow flower and orange blossom scents developing with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with superb tension and fruit intensity on the entry. It is more linear than recent vintages, minerally with a lovely twist of sour lemon imparting tension and vivacity on the crystalline finish. This is a fabulous Doisy-Daëne from Denis Dubourdieu. (NM)" (04/2015)

96 points Vinous: "White orchard fruit, mint, lime, apricot and sweet floral notes all blossom in the 2014 Doisy-Daëne. Finessed and nuanced on the palate, with expressive mineral notes underpinning the fruit, the wine exudes balance and class. This is a tremendous showing from the late Denis Dubourdieu. (AG)" (02/2017)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A touch of vanilla on the nose leads to a full palate of rich honey and ripe yellow fruits. A lively acidity brings a crisp counterbalance to this weight, offering a bright citrus verve. (RV)" (03/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Creamed pineapple, yellow apple and ginger notes form the core here, which has ample weight but moves gracefully, as orange zest and elderflower honey details stream underneath. A bitter citrus oil accent hangs on the finish for a long time. Has a lot of power for a Barsac. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2017)

90-91 points James Suckling: "This shows lots of dried fruits and intensity. Full body, medium sweetness and a long, flavorful finish. Plenty of dried fruit character. Very dense." (03/2015)

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2005 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes - 6 available ($39.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of honey, dried pineapple and botrytis spice. Full-bodied, very sweet and very powerful, with loads of dried fruit and sweetness on the finish. Lots of clove and orange peel. Same quality as the 2001." (03/2008)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Doisy-Védrines has a rich and decadent bouquet, very honeyed and forward, perhaps missing the precision of the Doisy-Daëne. The palate is rich and powerful with notes of honey, tangerine and marmalade. The finish feels unctuous in the layered in the mouth a typical Doisy-Védrines of this era... (NM)" (06/2015)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, pale yellow-gold. Peach and vanillin oak dominate the nose. Quite sweet and fruit-driven in the mouth, with powerful flavors of yellow peach, citrus fruits, marzipan and brown spices. A bit alcoholic today but rich and strong on the back end, in need of time in bottle. 90+ (ST)" (07/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Very sweet and just a little simple with notable freshness and acidity. Very clean and bracing style. Pretty persistent. Racy. (17.5/20 points)" (02/2009)

K&L Notes: K&L's barrel tasting notes: Lush mouthfeel and great balance. Pineapple and peaches. Not overdone. Very good. *1/2 (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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2006 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes - 6 available ($39.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A richly liquorous wine, ripe and packed with harmonious sweet textures. At the same time over the ripe structure there is a layer of lively lemon, spice and ginger, spiked with fresh tangerines. The end result is smooth, balanced and vibrant." (03/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright yellow-gold. Good citrus zest lift to the aromas of apricot, orange peel, marzipan and honey. Smooth, sweet and nicely concentrated, with a tactile, chewy quality to the honey and orange blossom flavors. With aeration, this showed a building fruit salad component. A moderately unctuous midweight, with good balancing acidity providing freshness. Spreads out nicely on the lingering finish." (Jun 09) K&L's notes - At Joanne-spicy aromas and flavor. Fine balance. At UGC-a fatter style with fine depth and length. Clean acidity. Very good as usual. *1/2

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2001 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan - 1 available ($79.99)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2004)

91 points James Suckling: "Totally open now with chocolate, berry and spice character. Full, soft and velvety. Coffee and chocolate with meat and berry." (11/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep ruby/purple-colored with classic aromas of smoke, earth, black cherries, and creme de cassis, this elegant, layered 2001 possesses outstanding depth and richness as well as impeccable finesse, well-integrated wood, and a long, concentrated finish. (RP)" (06/2004)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Silky and elegant red, with fine tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a mineral aftertaste. Already a beauty to taste. (JS)" (03/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Lovely cedary nose. Dry and correct. Lots of evolution already but the track record suggests it will have a long life too. Mint fresh, very long. More evolved and definitely lighter than most. Classic claret." (03/2012)

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2006 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan ($69.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Just coming around now, the 2006 shows beautiful meat, forest floor, tobacco and berry character. It's medium to full-bodied. Savory finish. Drink now or hold." (11/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "While it doesnt have huge power, this wine does have many great attributes. It is smoothly ripe, its open structure a fine reflection of the elegant style, edged with minerality. The acidity is pure, not too dominant, but lifting the generous fruit and final dry character. (RV)" (11/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "There's attractive blackberry and light vanilla, with a hint of licorice. Full-bodied, with a caressing texture, very pretty fruit and notes of chocolate and licorice. (JS)" (03/2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Black fruits, licorice, tobacco and cedary oak on the nose. Dense and fine-grained, with a distinctly cool quality to the black fruit and floral flavors. Pliant in the middle palate but with cedar, floral and herbal notes providing very good lift. This rich, chewy wine boasts lovely depth of flavor and finishes with sweet tannins and noteworthy energy. (ST)" (06/2009)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Domaine de Chevalier has smudged red plum, bergamot and stewed black tea scents on the nose - quite fragrant if just missing some delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with taut, quite firm tannin. Dark and broody, this is a surprisingly introspective Domaine de Chevalier with a grippy, quite assertive finish. This is a satisfying wine from Olivier Bernard, though at the moment you get the feeling that somebody has said something to this 2006 that has put it into a bad mood. I find there is more finesse on other recent vintage,s but you never know with Domaine de Chevalier because at any given moment it can blossom. (NM)" (05/2016)

2000 Domaine Zédé, Margaux - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2004 du Tertre, Margaux - 2 available ($49.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even in the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage, Du Tertre remains under most consumers radar. Made by essentially the same winemaking team as Giscours, this cuvee exhibits a dense purple color, followed by earthy, truffle, smoky blackberry, floral, and cassis aromas. It is a beautifully pure, medium to full-bodied wine with abundant but sweet tannin, fine opulence, a multilayered texture, and a long finish that is neither aggressive nor astringent." (04/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of mocha, chocolate and minerals. Quite sweet and creamy in the mouth, with dense flavors of plum and coffee liqueur. A big, broad, thick wine, at once smoother and more vibrant than the 2004 but a bit inscrutable today. Finishes fairly tannic but with noteworthy persistence. Seemed to come into harmony as it opened in the glass." (05/2007)

Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, with floral, berry and cherry character. Medium-bodied, with coffee bean, lightly toasted oak and currant, berry aftertaste. Web only, 2005"

K&L Notes: K&L's tasting notes from barrel: "Flashy, oaky aromas and flavors. Lots of spice here. Well-made. This property is doing quite well. Exotic and it is probably not too expensive." (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

2004 du Tertre, Margaux (1.5L) - 1 available ($109.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even in the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage, Du Tertre remains under most consumers radar. Made by essentially the same winemaking team as Giscours, this cuvee exhibits a dense purple color, followed by earthy, truffle, smoky blackberry, floral, and cassis aromas. It is a beautifully pure, medium to full-bodied wine with abundant but sweet tannin, fine opulence, a multilayered texture, and a long finish that is neither aggressive nor astringent." (04/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of mocha, chocolate and minerals. Quite sweet and creamy in the mouth, with dense flavors of plum and coffee liqueur. A big, broad, thick wine, at once smoother and more vibrant than the 2004 but a bit inscrutable today. Finishes fairly tannic but with noteworthy persistence. Seemed to come into harmony as it opened in the glass." (05/2007)

Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, with floral, berry and cherry character. Medium-bodied, with coffee bean, lightly toasted oak and currant, berry aftertaste. Web only, 2005"

K&L Notes: K&L's tasting notes from barrel: "Flashy, oaky aromas and flavors. Lots of spice here. Well-made. This property is doing quite well. Exotic and it is probably not too expensive." (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

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1976 Durfort Vivens, Margaux (high to mid shoulder fills, some corroded capsules) - 12 available ($39.99)

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2005 Ferrière, Margaux - 1 available ($59.99)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. Dark, dry and tannic this wine currently offers little in the way of fruit. The tannins are firm, solidly based and only hinting at the fruit underneath. It's a tough wine at the moment, but the structure will certainly see it into a good maturity." (06/2006)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This offers blackberry, currant and hints of meat on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a meat, berry and light vanilla character. Has a velvety texture, with pretty fruit. Best after 2011." (03/2008)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "Claire Villars captured the raciness of Margaux in one clean, simple brush stroke of strawberry on a canvas of sand. The tannins are sweet, the fruit plump and silken, with a pungent austerity that wraps it up in a tight and pleasing finish. With six to eight years in bottle, this will be a fashionable match for poulet Bordelaise." (10/2008)

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1983 Filhot, Sauternes - 1 available ($79.99)

Wine Spectator: "Distinctive, complex pine-nut, cedar, quince and fig flavors make you come back for another sip..." (04/1995)

2006 Fonplegade, St-Emilion - 3 available ($44.99)

2000 Fontenil, Fronsac - 1 available ($49.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The outstanding 2000 is the finest example I have yet tasted from this estate. The wine, a sleeper of the vintage, has a dense ruby/purple color and a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis intermixed with raspberries, wet stones, and flowers, and a hint of subtle oak. It is elegant yet powerful, medium to full-bodied, yet light on its feet. It is a beauty, with some moderate tannin to shed in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015." (04/2003)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This is gorgeous. Blackberry, with toasted oak and berry. Medium-bodied, with lovely, silky tannins and a long, ripe fruit and berry aftertaste. From the famous global wine consultant, Michel Rolland. Best after 2007." (03/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Superripe aromas of black cherry, currant and licorice. Sweet and ripe, with a rather pliant texture and moderate nuance. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and good persistence." (06/2001)

1989 Gilette "Crème de Tête" Sauternes (375ml) - 3 available ($99.99)

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2003 Giscours, Margaux - 4 available ($74.99)

93 points James Suckling: "This is full and powerful, with loads of fruit and a tropical undertone of berries and mango. Loads of tannins in this big wine, but still very fresh." (02/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberry, black olives and licorice. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and nicely done. (JS)" (03/2006)

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1990 Gloria, St-Julien ($74.99)

Wine Spectator: "Understated, with plum, vanilla and new oak flavors and silky, racy tannins. A firm, sleek wine to drink after 1997." (03/1993)

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2000 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion - 6 available ($89.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A consistent winner in both quality and value, the dark plum/garnet-tinged 2000 Grand-Mayne reveals a sweet nose of blueberry pie intermixed with forest floor and floral undertones. Deep, opulent, round, and full-bodied, it is a fully mature St.-Emilion that should drink well for another decade. (RP)" (06/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby. Currants, coffee and roasted, nutty oak on the nose. Rich and vinous, with lovely inner-mouth perfume. Nicely sweetened by oaky torrefaction. Quite suave and subtle on the back end, with fine but firm tannins. (ST)" (05/2002)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A modern, smooth wine, with polished fruit and a dark purple color. The wine is full of new wood, but still dominated by liquorice and dark chocolate flavors. It should develop relatively quickly, over the next 10 years. (RV)" (06/2003)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Solid, if a bit on the gutsy side, with plum and blueberry compote notes that have some freshness, while the charcoal- and ganache-lined grip winds up winning out by a hair in the end. About at peak, and for fans of the style.--2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective. (JM, Web-2016)"

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Really tastes like old vine Merlot! It has deepblack fruit with leathery, earthy hints and richbut-a-touch-rustic tannins. A very long wine,and a textbook 2000.

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2004 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion - 4 available Price: Hidden

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1999 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien - 3 available ($94.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers lots of blackberry, mineral and mint on the nose. Full-bodied, with plenty of fruit and racy, polished tannins on the finish. This can go on for many years. But why wait? (Web Only-2010)"

Jancis Robinson: "Rather luscious nose and thick and dense. Lots of fruit. Still quite dry finish. Muscular. Trying to punch at top vintage weight. Medium body - a real success and very good value. 17/20 points." (09/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An exotic perfume of tapenade, new saddle leather, damp earth, black currants, cherries, and smoke jumps from the glass of this impressive, powerful 1999. The wine is medium-bodied with moderate tannin. This dark plum/ruby-colored St.-Julien requires another 2-3 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015. (RP)" (04/2002)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Highly aromatic, expressive nose combines currant, espresso, saddle leather and roasted meat. Sweet, lush and smooth, but given definition by its vinosity. Not especially refined, but plummy and mouthfilling. Ripe tannins saturate the teeth and the sides of the mouth on the long finish. (ST)" (05/2002)

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2003 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien - 12 available ($74.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, sweet tobacco and espresso. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. I like the texture. Best after 2010. (JS)" (03/2006)

91 points James Suckling: "Spicy and earthy, with lots of ripe fruit. Full bodied, with soft round tannins and a juicy finish. Yummy and decadent. No need to wait, but it will be much better if you pull the cork after 2014." (03/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Under the management of Jean Merlaut, this estate has lost some of the super-opulence of the wines of the 90s, and gained finesse and elegance. That has stood the 2003 in good stead, emphasizing solidity and dry tannins to balance the wood and cranberry flavors of the fruit. (RV)" (05/2006)

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2001 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien - 7 available ($94.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "What a perfumed, elegant, structured wine, with all the elements of fruit, wood, tannins just in the right place. It shows great tannins, powerful black and red berry fruits, denseness, and a classic, fresh aftertaste. (RV)" (12/2007)

93 points James Suckling: "A dense and decadent wine with chocolate, currant and licorice aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. A beautiful wine now. It shows the finesse and class of an aged Bordeaux." (10/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This shows a rich and dense nose of blackberry, coffee and smoke. Full-bodied, with soft and round tannins and a long, smoky finish. Very fresh and velvety. GL is really doing excellent things these days, even in less-than-easy vintages. (JS)" (03/2004)

91 points Vinous: "(a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot): Ruby with a pale rim. Rich, ripe nose offers red cherry, plum, spice, mineral and violet aromas. Dense, chewy and fresh, with precise, intense red and black fruit flavors complicated by a hint of licorice. Features a persistent saline note on the rich, long, slightly chunky finish. A very successful Gruaud. (ID)" (04/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the chateau at their -1vertical, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2001 Gruaud Larose has a very attractive, quite fleshy bouquet with ebullient crushed raspberries, mulberry, allspice and a touch of cumin. Good definition and vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with quite thick, chewy tannins that perhaps lack the finesse that more recent vintages have demonstrated. Very good weight, a little grittiness coming towards the finish with notes of tar and cedar beginning to usurp the primary fruit. This 2001 (like many in its alumni) is in its transitional stage. Very fine. Tasted April 2011. (NM)" (04/2011)

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2004 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien - 3 available ($79.99)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "This has the plump richness typical of Gruaud, its potent extract fragrant with blueberry and tobacco in a standoff between the green and the black. The tannins are hidden behind all that fruit, not at all obvious, softened to chocolate scents. This should be at its best around ten years from the vintage." (10/2007)

89 points Wine Enthusiast: "A solid, firm wine; young and closed up. It has an awkward sharpness to its fruit, maybe a stage in its evolution. It seems to be more focused with its dry tannins, layering these right over the fruit." (06/2007)

89 points Wine Spectator: "Plummy aromas, with leaf and tobacco undertones. Medium-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and delightful already, yet needs a little more concentration to be outstanding. Best after 2010." (03/2007)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Expressive nose offers game, spice, tobacco, leather, underbrush, iron and exotic flowers. Supple and fine-grained, with currant and baked plum flavors complicated by chocolate and leather. A wine of moderate intensity and power for this property but rather suave. The cooler vintage character comes through on the finish, which features notes of raw currant and pepper and slightly dusty tannins." (06/2007)

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2005 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien - 6 available ($99.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This tastes of great Cabernet Sauvignon, with its black currant, cedar and herbs and fresh, juicy acidity. It is as fresh as it is rich, but it has a structure of dense tannins that balances the wine. This is one of the best wines from Gruaud-Larose for several years. (RV)" (06/2008)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberry, meat and earth follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a rich finish. Decadent, balanced and very approachable already. (JS)" (03/2008)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Licorice spice and tough black tannins form tight boundaries around this wine. Within them, sweet red fruit lends a gracious impression, gentle and refined. Age will allow the wine to expand as the tannins relent, but this offers impressive drinking now, particularly if decanted with steak." (10/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Gruaud Larose has a deep ruby/purple color, excellent concentration, and clean, pure black and red currant fruit, licorice and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, lush, and very soft and round. Im surprised how drinkable it is already, although it is certainly capable of lasting 15 or more years. (RP)" (06/2015)

K&L Notes: Notes from barrel tasting: Toasty oak aromas and flavors. Some tobacco. Good mouthfeel and texture. A bit tannic at the back. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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2008 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien - 9 available ($69.99)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. Good density here, structured, with some jammy sweet fruits as well as a dark layer of dense tannins. The potential is well for a well balanced wine." (12/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Roasted, with dark fig, plum and cocoa flavors. Extra black tea, bittersweet cocoa and anise notes linger through the finish. Shows solid depth. Drink now through 2017. 10,462 cases made. JM" (04/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While the 2008 is not a blockbuster, it is a strong effort for the vintage. This dark plum/purple-hued wine reveals some background oak, licorice, earth, plum, black currant and cherry notes intertwined with a foresty/mossy component. Deep, polished and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, it builds incrementally on the palate. This impressive 2008 will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and should drink well for two decades." (05/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Plum, redcurrant, tobacco and a whiff of camphor on the nose, with a faint green quality building with air. Lush and supple, showing the slightly horsey, leathery quality typical of this property's wine. Nicely light on its feet, though. Finishes slightly dry, with a fine dusting of tannins." (08/2011)

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2001 Guiraud, Sauternes ($59.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Golden yellow. Butterscotch and vanilla with hints of ripe apples; full-bodied, with lots of sweetness and a spicy apricot and honey aftertaste. Excellent concentration and balance. Loads of botrytis character on the finish. Intense. Hard to refrain from drinking it now, it's so luscious and rich. *Top 100 of 2004, Highly Recommended* (JS)" (09/2004)

95 points James Suckling: "Intensely fruity and rich with wonderful sweetness and loads of spicy and honey character with a dried apricot undertone. It hasnt changed much since I last tasted it, just bottled. Great 2001. Drink or hold." (07/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium golden yellow color. Knockout nose combines pineapple, yellow plum, marzipan, roasted herbs and resiny oak. Superconcentrated, chewy and stylish, with flavors of honey, pineapple, marzipan, vanilla, toffee and spicy oak framed and intensified by bright acidity. Impressively dense, saline wine with a very firm spine and considerable aging potential. (ST) 93+" (08/2004)

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This is a great choice for those seeking a rich, flamboyant style of Sauternes coupled with mature flavors and texture. Deep golden color and a viscous texture compliment the mature flavors of Apricot, toasted marshmallow, baking spice and clover honey. A slight hint of paraffin adds aromatic complexity to the thick, smooth finish.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 12, 2015

Perfect Sauternes year and near perfect wine. Great value. Lush but balanced.

2001 Haut Condissas Prestige, Medoc - 2 available ($39.99)

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2008 Haut Gravet St-Emilion - 10 available ($29.99)

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2000 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac - 1 available ($74.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is grippy and old-school in style, with a core of warmed fig and black currant paste flavors framed by ample charcoal and baker's chocolate notes, but this is well-integrated, and everything cruises nicely through a sanguine-accented finish. Drink now through 2023. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This fifth growth is punching above its class under the control of Claire Villars-Lurton (whose family also runs Chasse-Spleen and La Gurgue). The wine is foursquare, rich and solid, filled with firm tannins. Blackcurrant fruit flavors, herbs and acidity complete a serious style of wine. (RV)" (06/2003)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the best examples I have recently tasted from this estate, the saturated blue/purple Haut-Bages Liberal offers up notes of incense, licorice, pepper, and cassis. In the mouth, it is fat, juicy, with a certain succulence, low acidity, and ripe tannin. This may be the best wine produced by this estate in many a year. In spite of its precocious showing in my tastings, the wine actually needs 2-3 years of cellaring. (RP)" (04/2003)

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2005 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac - 8 available ($74.99)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very opulent, generous and rich. It shows all the glories of the vintage, with huge but sufficiently restrained fruit, and exuberant tannins. (RV)" (06/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Very aromatic, showing blackberry and currant aromas, with some licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a rich, decadent, fruity finish. Caresses the palate. Stylish and opulent. (JS)" (03/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Haut-Bages Libéral offers loads of blackcurrant fruit, licorice, spice and forest floor. It is medium to full-bodied, with supple tannin and an expansive, textured mouthfeel and finish. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)" (04/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Sleek, well-mannered nose. Lots of graphite quality. Quite distinctive. Fruit and tannins well balanced. Quite long and appetising. (JR)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: Perfumey nose and some nice ripe fruit on the palate. Good middle and fine length. Fairly rich with a creamy chocolate middle. This is one of the most sought-after value-for-points wines of 2005. *+ (Barrel Tasting)

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2007 Haut-Bergeron, Sauternes - 12 available ($34.99)

Wine Spectator: "A rich style, showing dried apricot, glazed peach and maple notes, with a slightly soft texture. A touch short on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 15,000 cases made. JM " (04/2011)

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2012 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 2 available ($419.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Haut Brion (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage, with a dense purple color, classic nose of crushed rock, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, blueberry and flowers. The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity. From only 46% of the production, this is an absolutely remarkable effort from the Dillon family and their winemaking team of the two Jean-Philippes. Drink it over the next 30-40 years. (RP)" (04/2015)

97 points Vinous: "A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Haut-Brion possesses stunning richness and intensity, with all of the depth that is lacking in so many other wines in this vintage. Not here. The 2012 possesses remarkable depth and tons of raw, animal power that is going to require considerable time in bottle to soften. Readers should be in no rush; the 2012 Haut-Brion is a wine for the ages. Smoke, graphite, dried herbs and blue/purplish stone fruits grace the exotic, alluring finish. (AG)" (01/2016)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Firm and solid, this is one of the successes of 2012. Its properly dark and tough at this stage, with that serious intent thats a hallmark of Haut-Brion. Layers of firm tannins are interspersed with blackberry fruits and juicy acidity. The wine is dense and concentrated, with the wood aging still showing. This powerful wine will need many years. Drink from 2024. (RV)" (05/2015)

96 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of wet stones, earth, currants and berries. Subtle and complex. Full body and a beautiful core of ripe fruit on the palate and the finish. Round, light, chewy tannins. Needs at least four or five years to open. This is the most Merlot ever in Haut-Brion. Rich too. One of the wines of the vintage. 65.5% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. Better in 2020." (02/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This combines power and refinement, with a singed alder frame around a dense core of red and black currant, plum and blackberry fruit. Notes of bay, black tea and tar line the finish. Has a lovely, fine-grained feel that lets the dark, hefty fruit drape beautifully. The tobacco element hangs in the background. Sneakily long. Best from 2018 through 2030. (JM)" (03/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Dense and dark. Rich and sumptuous. Some spiciness. Very broad and rich. Very grand. And easy to see where it comes from and how it will proceed. Very pure. Much more forward than La Mission. Zesty but with grandeur and great persistence. Drink 2022-2045. 18.5/20 points" (04/2013)

K&L Notes: Chateau Haut Brion is one of the five First Growth wines of Bordeaux, and the only one from Graves. Located on two hillocks gravel over clay and sand in Pessac for a classic Graves terroir. It consists of 51 hectares of mostly red varietals (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot). It is the oldest wine estate in Bordeaux and was even served to Charles II! The estate is now owned and lovingly managed by the Dillon family—the royal family of Luxembourg.

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65% Merlot makes for a softer version of this great first growth. Tons of blackberry aromas mixed with minerals and stones. Great balance and one wine you can drink in a few years with one hour decanting.And it is half the price of the 2010.

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2003 Hosanna, Pomerol - 2 available ($109.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberry, forest fruits and licorice with just a hint of spice. Full-bodied, with loads of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Raisins, toasted oak and just a hint of dark chocolate. Best after 2010." (03/2006)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dense ruby/purple-colored with a spicy, sweet nose of jammy cherries, mocha, and a hint of resin, the plump, fleshy 2003 Hosanna reveals light to moderate tannin. It is an impressively constituted blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This stylish effort is exceptionally successful in such a challenging vintage for Pomerol. Give it 1-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 14+ years." (04/2006)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium red. Sexy nose offers red raspberry, mocha, truffle and toffee. Sweet, dense and lush in the mouthy, with nicely concentrated flavors of red fruits, caramel and toasty oak. Finishes with sweet tannins and noteworthy persistence. A very successful effort for 2003: today I find every bit as much energy and primary red fruit character here as in the 2003 Trotanoy." (06/2006)

K&L Notes: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.

2005 Jean Faure, St-Emilion - 3 available ($39.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Reticent but nuanced nose hints at currant, game, iron and coffee. A fruit bomb in the mouth, with fat, sweet flavors of redcurrant, raspberry, tobacco and smoked meat. As full-blown and ripe as this is on first blush, there's plenty of ripe tannins and firm acids underneath. In fact, this quickly shut down in the glass, suggesting that it will require at least six or seven years of aging. The thickest of these three vintages, but the young 2007 is more suave. (ST)" (05/2008)

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2005 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon Price: Hidden

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful example of modern Bordeaux with its blackberry-packed flavors, ripe tannins and dark, solid, concentrated fruit. Spice, wood aromas and pepper complete this dense wine. (RV)" (06/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Joanin-Bécot is one of the most reliable and consistently excellent wines from the Côtes de Castillon, and all the credit has to go to the inspired work of Juliette Bécot. The gorgeous 2005 is just now coming into its plateau of maturity, where it should easily stay for a decade or more. With super-ripe black cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit interwoven with incense, licorice and a touches of espresso roast and spice, this full-bodied, opulent, lusciously constructed wine is a beauty of purity and symmetry as well as depth and texture. Drink it over the next decade or more. It is a sleeper of the vintage. (RP)" (06/2015)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Jammy blueberry, espresso, licorice, mocha, menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Fat, rich, deep and sweet but with nicely integrated acidity giving the wine shape and firmness. Unusually powerful for this Cotes de Castillon wine, which really coats the palate on the aftertaste. Has a firm acid/tannin spine for slow evolution in bottle. (ST)" (06/2008)

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2003 Kirwan, Margaux - 1 available ($99.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Loads of sweet raspberry aromas here. Full and chunky, with lots of fresh fruit underneath. This is rich and powerful." (03/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, the 2003 Kirwan exhibits a dense plum/ruby color, sweet creme de cassis notes intermixed with spicy fruitcake and cedarwood, medium to full body, good freshness, sweet tannin and a long finish. This beauty has hit its plateau of maturity, but it is in no danger of falling apart. (RP)" (08/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Classy aromas of blackberry, Indian spice and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. A real beauty here. Best after 2010. (JS)" (06/2006)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Kirwan has been transformed in the past decade or so. Today, as with this 2003, it produces smooth, rich polished wines, with firm wood but never too much. Acidity completes the balance. (RV)" (06/2004)

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2007 Kirwan, Margaux ($59.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2007 Bordeaux tasting. I have always admired the 2007 Kirwan, one of the better Margaux wines of the vintage. Here, it has a clean and pure bouquet, not complex but demonstrating good vigor: wild strawberry, hot gravel and sous-bois notes complemented by cigar box after time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, moderate depth, a little more feminine than its peers with cracked black pepper towards the finish. (NM)" (06/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a solid, finely perfumed wine, the tannins giving concentration and structure. There is some severity as well, a sign that it is still settling into the bottle. But with its bitter chocolate character and tight texture, it should age well. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (04/2010)

Wine Spectator: "Fruity and attractive, with mineral and berry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. (JS, Web Only-2008)"

Jancis Robinson: "Vibrant crimson with a pale rim. There is some intensity and hidden depth here. Some lusciousness. Its still showing more tannin than fruit but it is a seriously ambitious wine." (03/2015)

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2008 l'Arrosée, St-Emilion - 1 available ($49.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A racy, noble offering from this terrific vineyard, the 2008 lArrosee exhibits admirable purity and elegance as well as sweet raspberry and kirsch-like fruit, and underlying floral and crushed rock notes. Medium to full-bodied with ripe tannin, this is a long, intense, rich, but delicate, light on its feet St.-Emilion to consume over the next 15-20 years." (04/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Exotic aromas and flavors of raspberry, sandalwood, incense, smoky oak and white pepper. Smooth, sweet and nicely delineated, with insidious acidity giving shape and lift to the middle palate. Wonderfully perfumed in the mouth, showing sexy oak tones and a note of clove oil. Finishes with firm but suave tannins, sound structure and a lingering note of black cardamom. Very seductive wine." (08/2011)

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is ripe, smoothly textured, with bright fruits. The tannins are structured but let the fruit speak." (04/2009)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A broad, smoky style, exhibiting tobacco and sweet earth notes that lead the way for mulled fig and blackberry fruit flavors. The silky finish lets cedar and sanguine hints check in. This really shows its length as it airs in the glass, with nicely buried minerality. Drink now through 2015." (12/2010)

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2009 l'Église Clinet, Pomerol - 2 available ($399.99)

97-100 points Wine Spectator: "The nose on this already suggests a deep and contemplative wine with blackberry, dried flowers and sweet berries. Evolves to black olive and hints of asphalt. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and tangy, rich fruit. It really grabs hold of you and wants to tell you it's special. Loads of ripe tannins too. Big and structured. Turns to tapenade. (JS, Web Only2010)"

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Proprietor Denis Durantou has produced a blockbuster Pomerol from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, tipping the scales at just over 14.5% natural alcohol. A riveting wine, pure, elegant, but at the same time, extremely powerful and concentrated, with stunning texture, opulence and density, the tannins are abundant, and the wine certainly in need of a decade of cellaring. Fabulous creme de cassis and cherry liqueur notes are intertwined with hints of licorice, truffle, and graphite. Full and rich, but still in an infantile state of development, this wine needs to be cellared for 10 years but should keep for five decades or more. This 2009 is absolutely profound. (RP) 99+" (02/2012)

95-98 points Vinous: "Ruby-purple. Knockout nose is unbelievably pure and rich, exuding expressive, heady scents of raspberry, plum syrup, Oriental spices, espresso and minerals. Sweet and dense but almost magically vibrant, this wine boasts terrific depth and freshness to its pomegranate, watermelon, dark berry, mineral and floral flavors. Finishes with utterly silky tannins and outstanding palate-saturating length. One of the stars of the vintage. (ID)" (05/2010)

97 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of crushed blackberries and blueberries and spices. Rose petals. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Beautiful layers of tannins, with hints of acidity. Best after 2017." (02/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Essence-of-Merlot aromas of bitter cherry, bluberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, licorice and spices, lifted by a whiff of violet. Dense, thick and sweet, with a saline nuance to the seamless flavors of dark berries, licorice and spices. Wonderfully sweet, subtle and long, finishing with substantial building tannins and a medicinal reserve that bodes well for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. A great vintage for this estate. (ST) 95+" (04/2012)

2000 La Clemence, Pomerol - 1 available ($79.99)

91 points Robert Parker: "This looks to be the strongest effort to date from the Dauriac-Rolland team. Deep, opaque purple-colored, with a tight but promising nose of truffles, licorice, underbrush, incense, and black fruits, this big, huge, dense, full-bodied Pomerol shows no compromising for readers looking for something immediately drinkable. As the French would say, a true vin de garde. This backstrapping, muscular wine is loaded, but patience is most definitely a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022+." (04/03)

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2010 La Confession, St-Emilion - 8 available ($59.99)

92-93 points James Suckling: "Solid and structure with mineral and blueberry character. Long and silky. Intense and balanced. Confession of high quality here." (04/2011)